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College of Nursing 75th Anniversary

Seton Hall University College of Nursing celebrated its 75th anniversary with a White Mass, a special celebration to acknowledge the unique contributions made by all Catholic Health Care Professionals, which takes its name from the white coat most commonly worn by those in the medical field. Moreover, the College of Nursing conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., Ph.D., APRN-BC, FAAN. On Sunday, December 2, 2012, Dean and Professor Phyllis Shanley Hansell, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN, hosted the Diamond Jubilee Gala at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. As part of its 75th anniversary activities, the College of Nursing recognized alumni with awards and inducted a new cohort into its Hall of Fame.

Sister Rosemary Donley, recipient of the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, is Professor, Jacques Laval Endowed Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations, at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. Sister Donley received a diploma from the Pittsburgh Hospital School of Nursing and holds a B.S.N. summa cum laude from St. Louis University and a M.N.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified adult nurse practitioner. Her clinical and research interests are health policy, clinical decision making and healthcare literacy. Sister Donley is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Nursing 75 GroupRichard Hader, M.S.N. ’87, PH.D., R.N., FAAN, CHE, NE, BC, CPHQ, was honored with the Margaret C. Haley Award. Richard has been Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Meridian Health since 2004. He has also been the Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Management: The Journal of Excellence in Nursing Leadership since 2003. He helped Meridian Health achieve Magnet status at all hospitals within the healthcare system, the first time that ever happened in the United States. The recipient of the Margaret C. Haley Distinguished Alumnus Award is selected each year from nominations submitted by the College of Nursing faculty and alumni and is distinguished by one or more of the following: holding a position of responsibility and leadership and/or accomplishing significant achievements in the healthcare field, contributing to community and civic affairs, or contributing to either the support or prestige of the University.

The College of Nursing acknowledged Varsha Singh, M.S.N. ’09, APN-C, and Jeffrey Booth ’04, R.N., M.B.A., CPA, CPH, with Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Awards. Named after the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Awards honor those who have graduated from the College of Nursing’s undergraduate or graduate programs within the past 10 years and have distinguished themselves through their professional nursing achievements.

Nursing 75Varsha is currently the Manager of Employee Health/Adult Medical Clinic at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. During her career at RWJUH she has held positions as stroke coordinator and registered nurse. She was also a faculty clinical instructor at Trinitas School of Nursing and staff nurse at Trinitas Hospital. Jeffrey is an operating room business manager for Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. His previous experience in performance/quality improvement includes working on length of stay, cost savings and process improvement initiatives.

Laura Tauscher ’00, R.N., CHPN, received the Nelson Aquino Humanitarian Award, which is given by the College of Nursing to an outstanding individual who has taken their education from Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is using it to serve those in need. The award is named after Nelson Aquino ’97, C.R.N.A., M.S., a nurse anesthetist at Children’s Hospital Boston who spent time in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake performing surgeries and providing post-anesthesia care in tents and emergency medical units. Laura Tauscher works as a nurse liaison for Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center in West Orange, New Jersey. Laura works each day to assist families in negotiating difficult decisions regarding end-of-life care and serious illness.

Most of the below-noted individuals were present to receive their award as inductees into Seton Hall University College of Nursing’s Hall of Fame. This select group of distinguished graduates was chosen as a result of their outstanding contributions to the nursing profession.

Mary G. Boland, M.S.N. ’78, DR.P.H., R.N., FAAN
Catherine Cassidy ’65, PH.D., R.N., APN-C
Mary Ellen Clyne ’87/M.S.N. ’93/PH.D. ’12, R.N., NEA-BC
Bernadette Countryman, M.S.N. ’84, R.N.
Marc de Moya ’93, M.D., M.ED.
Barbara Frischman ’94, R.N., CCRN
Judy Honig, M.S.N. ’85, ED.D., D.N.P., R.N., CPNP
James Fletcher Lawrence, JR. ’96, PH.D., APRN, BC, FAANP, CPS
Jean D’meza Leuner ’75, PH.D., R.N., CNE, FAAN
Alice Mcgill ’62, PH.D., R.N.
Ann Scanlon Mcginity ’72, PH.D., R.N., FAAN
Mary D. Miller ’75, M.S., R.N., GNP-BC, ANP-BC
Beatriz Foronda Miranda, M.S.N. ’00, R.N., M.A.E., FAAN
Anne G. Peach ’76, M.S.N., R.N., CNAA, BC
Nancy Schmieder Redeker ’80/M.S.N. ’85, PH.D., R.N., FAHA, FAAN
Mary Ellen Roberts, M.S.N. ’90/M.A. ’90, D.N.P., R.N., APN-C, FAANP, FAAN
Phyllis Russo ’61/ED.D. ’86, R.N.
Susan Salmond, M.S.N. ’77, ED.D., R.N., CNE, FAAN
Patricia Tabloski, M.S.N. ’78, PH.D., GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Colonel Lisa Toven ’91, M.S.N., M.A.A., M.M.A.S., M.S., R.N.
Nelson Tuazon, M.S.N. ’94, M.A.ED., M.B.A., R.N., NE-A, CPHQ, FACHE

About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the PhD program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. 

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